There is no doubt that air travel can be a hassle, but combine the equipment needed for traditional rock climbing, and you may be ready to pull your hair out. That is why I put this video together to outline exactly what I travel with when I fly to a climbing destination.

The run down:

Check Baggage

Usually for my checked bag, I use a large Cabela’s duffel bag, which offers plenty of room for what I need. Then within that duffle, goes everything I plan to check:

Climbing Hardware
Sleeping Bag
Sleeping pad
Water Bottles
Heavy Jackets
Backpack for climbing gear
oversized tripod

Carry On

Important Docs
Essential Clothing
Personal Hygiene Items
Packing List

If you are planning a cross country trip and are looking for help with what to pack, feel free to email me: Patrick at